10 beauty buys that will make you GLOW this party season
The month of December, with its dreary weather, jam-packed schedules and a diet consisting mostly of mulled wine, prosecco and chocolate, can take a toll on our looks.
But fear not; we have rounded up some of the most amazing beauty buys that will have you looking GORGEOUS in no-time, whether you are hitting the office bash or having some quiet drinkies with the school mums.
1. Liz Earle Superskin Face Serum
It is no wonder that Liz Earle's Sueprskin collection has garnered itself a cult-following. This serum will do EXACTLY what it says on the tin, and plump your skin, smooth any bumps, even out your skintone and give those collagen levels a right aul' boost. We'll take two, please! €60, available at Arnotts.
2 Clinique Sweet Pot
No matter how fab your lipstick is, it won't look good on lips that are dry and chapped. Which is why this is such a good buy. One half of the pot contains a sugar scrub (that you can actually eat off afterwards!), while the other half of the pot is a lightly tinted balm that will leave your lips plump and primed for a night out on the tiles. €22, Clinique counters nationwide
3 Touche Eclat Blur Primer
If you want your make-up to look flawless and fab all day long, you are going to have to invest in a primer. There are tons to choose from, of course, but we are currently loving the Touche Eclat Blur Primer by YSL. It's pricey, but it works a charm in evening out your skin, making it smooth and flawless. €38, Arnotts.
4. Urban Decay Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder for Face and Body
Want that gorgeous just-got-naked glow (even when you haven't actually done the deed)? This soft bronze shimmer gives a great golden hue, and looks great on ANY skin-tone (promise!). Use it on your face, arms and decolletage for that just-did-it luminous look we all crave. €29, available at Debenhams and House of Fraser.
5. Shiseido Camellia Palette
We are a tad obsessed with the gorgeous colours in the new Yohji Yamamoto/Shiseido palette. The six hues have a luxuriously smooth texture, and can be used as both eye- and face colour. A great buy for the party season. €65.00 at Shiseido counters in Brown Thomas, Harvey Nichols, Arnotts, and good pharmacies nationwide.
6. No 7 Protect and Perfect Intense Advanced Serum
The whole world has been going ga-ga for Boots' Protect and Perfect serum, and all with good reason. Now, seven years since they first launched the now cult-status product, the clever folks at Boots have re-engineered it to deliver even better anti-aging and skin perfecting results. Packed with peptides, Hyaluronic acid and a patented antioxidant complex, we are talking seriously super-charging your skin ahead of the party season. *Runs to Boots to stock up! €34,50, Boots nationwide and Boots.ie
7. Bobbi Brown Glitter Pot
Dark chilly nights bring out our need to sparkle, and these Bobbi Brown Glitter pots are like sequins for your eyes. Go for sexy party eyes in shades of green, navy, violet and gold. You can swirl the shades together, or go for one strong accent. €32,50, Bobbi Brown, House of Fraser
8. Lancome Visionnaire Cream
Want skin that both looks and feels radiant? Lancome's Visionnaire Cream is packed full of active ingredients that will plump and smooth your skin in no time. This multi-correcting cream contains a combination of LR2412 and Hyaluronic Acid that will work hard to re-hydrate your dry winter skin. A party season must-buy if you ask us. €73, chemist nationwide or Boots.ie
9. Kiehls Daily Reviving Concentrate
If you haven't started using face oils yet, you are seriously missing out! We are LOVING the Daily Revive Concentrate from Kiehl's, which uses a powerful blend of oils like Ginger Root, Sunflower oil and Tamanu oil, making your skin look glowing and energized. Perfect for days when you haven't slept for nearly as long as you should have. €42,50, Kiehl's, Dundrum Town Center
10. Rimmel Day-2-Night Mascara
When it comes to looking glam, few of us can be without our mascaras. We are currently loving the Rimmel Day-2-Night one, as it is perfect for the party season, where you might be going straight from the office out on the town. With this mascara, you can create two very different lash looks, one for day-time with long and ultra-defined lashes, and one that is perfect for evening, with mega-volume and sexy siren lashes. The best bit? It only cost €9,99 i in chemists nationwide.